Jordan Crawford and Jeff Green scored 19 points each, Avery Bradley had 18 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Bass scored 15 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists as the Boston Celtics held off a late rally to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-100.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 32 points while Dion Waiters scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack had 14 points off of the bench.
The Celtics entered the fourth quarter with an 85-66 lead, but the Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 34-17 in a span of 11:17 to cut the lead to two with 43 seconds left. After the Cavaliers forced a shot clock violation, Waiters had his shot blocked by Bass with eight seconds to play in the game and the Cavaliers sent Bradley to the line. Bradley left the door open by only hitting one of two free throws, but the Cavaliers couldn’t take advantage.
The Celtics, who will be off until Tuesday afternoon when they host the Atlanta Hawks, are now 13-17. The Cavaliers are 10-19. They’ll host the Golden State Warriors Sunday evening.